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Monday, 26 January 2015 11:56

Tate Britain Reveals BP Sponsorship Details

Tate received annual sponsorship of between £150,000 and £330,000 from BP over a 17-year period until 2006, newly released figures show. Tate was ordered to reveal the numbers by an information tribunal last December and was given 35 days to comply. That deadline ended on Monday and Tate released the figures to the campaigning group Platform, which has argued the figures were likely to be “embarrassingly small” and proof that Tate does not need to take money from an oil company accused of trying to “greenwash” its reputation.

The figures show BP provided £300,000 in 1990, going down to £150,000 in 1991. The sponsorship stayed at that level until 1999 before rising to £250,000 for two years and rising again to £330,000 between 2002-06. In total BP, Tate’s longest running sponsor, provided £3.8m over the 17-year period.

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Tate has been ordered to give details of its BP sponsorship between 1990-2006, in a case brought by environmental campaigners.

An information tribunal has ruled against the art institution, which was refusing to give details, claiming the information could intensify protests and harm its ability to raise money from other companies.

The case had been brought by the environmental campaigner Brendan Montague, supported by the arts and activism charity Platform, which argues that only when the sponsorship sums are in the public domain can informed debate take place.

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The Italian government is to spend €200,000 (£160,000) on a new plinth to support Michelangelo’s statue of David after hundreds of earth tremors shook Florence and the surrounding region in recent days.

Dario Franceschini, the culture minister, said funds would be provided to build an anti-seismic platform beneath the 14ft statue in the Accademia Gallery.

Florence and other cities in Tuscany have been hit by more than 200 minor tremors in the past few days, with the highest of 3.8 and 4 magnitude recorded in Chianti, the wine-growing region.

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The Frick Collection announced the launch of a new mobile app, which provides instant access to content related to every work of art in the Frick’s permanent collection. Via this new platform, users can browse for information about particular objects and search the collection by artist, genre, gallery location, and audio stop number. Works of art can be saved as favorites to enjoy offline or share via email, Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and Google+. The app connects to The Frick Collection’s database ( to provide continually updated information.

Also available to users is audio commentary (in English) for select works of art, as well as audio guides to the galleries in six languages (English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, and Japanese). Visitors can listen to audio content, with headphones, on their own smartphones. Access to free Wi-Fi is available in the museum. Additionally, an interactive map allows app users to navigate the galleries and a comprehensive, up-to-date events calendar lists upcoming gallery talks, lectures, and special events.

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